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This is an account of one man's experiences during the extraordinary events of the World War 1 trenches. Within minutes of starting to listen, you will feel that you know the subject, Harry.
This is NOT a history book. This is an engaging personal account of a Private soldier.
Geoff Annis has pitched his reading perfectly. He effortlessly adopts the correct east midlands accent when reading Harry's letters, returning to a simple South Yorkshire style for the narration - absolutely perfect.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Extremely long winded and doesnt translate to an audio book. I was really disappointed. The narration is annoying as previously pointed by other reviewers. The letters themselves are fairly nondescript and repetitious, mainly concentrating on menial matters such as the weather and pay. I feel as the story is written by the grandson of the letter writer, it is more of a personal homage by Grandson to Grandfather. The author makes a few interesting technical points such as that General Douglas Haig commander in chief of the British Forces never actually visited the troops once during this tenure on the front line and was known as the eternal optimist as a whole generation of young innocent men were slain. This becomes fairly evident from the description of the letters, however, as was the norm of the day the front line private Harry Laplin never questions the futility of the tactics of this superiors. I would absolutely recommend " The Reluctant Tommy " by Ronald Skirth. Very moving and fair more detailed.
What was most disappointing about Bill Lamin’s story?
Tedious and the letters in questions are extremely repetitive never actually giving much detail.
Any additional comments?
More of an educational text to University students working on a thesis.
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